James Forsher

Botstiber Fellow
Period of Stay: 
January – June 2023
California State University, East Bay, USA
Project Title: 
A Paramount Story: The Amazing Life of Hollywood Mogul Adolph Zukor and the Media Empire He Created
Project Abstract: 

The feature-length documentary explores the century-long life journey of Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Studios and the American film. The centerpiece of the film is Mr. Zukor sharing his own story from our 1967 interview with him. In the documentary, we look at how Mr. Zukor and the other early film pioneers made their way from Austria/Hungary to the US in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s and had the common vision of taking short films from novelty houses to becoming a global industry.